Trouble for new St. Paul’s hospital design

It seems it’s one step forward, three back for Providence Health as the design for the new St. Paul’s hospital fails to pass the scrutiny of the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel (UDP), an advisory board comprising of “a dozen members who are largely private sector architects, landscape designers, engineers, and artists — all charged with the responsibility of reviewing the architectural designs of development proposals and urban design policies.” (The Daily Hive, Vancouver)

When it comes to a major hospital building, it would make sense for function to rule over aesthetics, particularly when the suggested changes by the UDP would contravene with modern sound hospital design principles, effectively negatively affecting hospital operations, efficiency, and patient care.

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